Iran to limit EU visitors

Nasim — A number of Iranian parliamentarians have passed a legislation which requires European visitors to have their fingerprints registered upon their arrival to Iran.

The move came to react against an April 3 resolution passed by the European Parliament (EP) over that human rights status in Iran.

Senior Iranian officials including Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani have lambasted the resolution as a historic mistake which will invalidate mutual efforts by Iran and the EU for normalization of relations.

The resolution adopted by the European Parliament in its Friday meeting in Brussels which calls for meetings between EU delegations and Iranian dissidents and opposition leaders has angered officials in Tehran.

On Saturday A senior member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Mohammad Hassan Asafari said that the legislature plans to study a proposal for halting the nuclear talks with the six world powers in reaction to the recent Human Rights Resolution adopted by the European Parliament against Iran.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also will attend Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission’s session today to discuss the future of nuclear talks as well as European Parliament’s resolution against Iran.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham blasted on Friday the EP, and said the resolution is “unfounded and unacceptable”.

“The endorsement of a resolution regarding ties with Iran and human rights situation in the country by the EU parliament is unfounded and unacceptable,” Afkham told reporters.

She reiterated that the fact that a number of hardline MPs in the EU parliament have undertaken efforts to adopt an imperative stance and continue an ambitious trend, which is rooted in ancient times’ thoughts, does not comply with any political and international criterion and logic.

Afkham had also on Wednesday dismissed the draft resolution as “unrealistic and counterproductive”.

Also during a live interview with the national TV in Iran, Chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi opposed formation of a European office in Iran which was proposed in December 2013 in a bid to bolster “open exchange” between Tehran and the EU.

In December 2013, a member of the European Parliament said the EU countries had informally requested the parliament to open an office in Iran to facilitate more “open exchange.”

By Nasim Online


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